Don't mistake being a maximalist with having a cluttered space. Maximalist rooms are artfully decorated with a "more is more" philosophy, whether this involves displaying an expansive collection, mixing and matching a variety of colors and patterns, or filling a wall with artwork. As designer Chad Graci says, "Maximalism wants bold, bold, BOLD. Pattern, color, scale, and drama are all working together to be noticed and that, in a way, makes this style work."
Below are 26 maximalist spaces that have mastered this aesthetic. And if you're looking to recreate any of these looks at home, you'll want to pay extra attention to the tips we've also rounded up from top designers.
Meet the Expert
- Amelia Fogarty works for The Finish, a design styling service.
- Chad Graci is the founder of Graci Interiors in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- Sarah Stacey is the lead interior designer at Sarah Stacey Interior Design in Austin, TX.
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Kitsch in the Kitchen
Jazz up the open shelving in your kitchen by using it to showcase favorite dishware, mugs, and other essentials to create an artful arrangement. Whether you opt for brightly colored pieces or stick to a more neutral scheme as seen here, you'll be able to create quite the display.Continue to 2 of 26 below.
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Presumably, you utilize your at-home coffee station every morning, so why shouldn't it reflect your personality and put a little extra pep in your step? Design your setup so that it features hues that you love—this space is filled with gold accents galore!Continue to 3 of 26 below.
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This and That
Maximalism is all about celebrating pattern play, so don't be shy about mixing and matching different fabrics and prints. The more colorful and energetic, the better, but there are some basics to keep in mind. "Use colors that all have the same level of intensity—for example: all jewel tones," Graci advises.Continue to 4 of 26 below.
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Many maximalist homes are often full of plants! If you love your green friends, don't feel like you need to cut yourself off at a certain number—plants of all shapes and sizes look lovely grouped together to create a jungle-like effect.Continue to 5 of 26 below.
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Add some major oomph to your walls by creating a gallery-like display that showcases all of your favorite photos and prints. If you really feel like going all in, hang a gallery that runs from the floor to the ceiling.Continue to 6 of 26 below.
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Grandmillennials, this one's for you! Display your favorite ginger jars and other chinoiserie accessories by the fireplace to create an arrangement that will make a major statement in your living room. If you have a collection of pottery, you should show it off, after all!Continue to 7 of 26 below.
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All of the Above
Pillows, sculptures, and ornate furniture, oh my! This living room doesn't hold back when it comes to displaying accessories of all kinds. The more, the merrier! The specific items you feature are up to you. "As long as these items all make you happy, then I am here for it," Amelia Fogarty of The Finish says. "Plush textiles, antique furniture, art and objects are all fun, interesting ways to make a home feel fun and comforting without feeling like there is nowhere to put your feet up and relax."Continue to 8 of 26 below.
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Forget about just incorporating animal-print fabric into a space—why settle for textiles when you can feature actual sculptures in your living room? Here, a zebra and cheetah steal the show in this maximalist nook. In maximalist spaces, quirk is king. "Maximalist interiors are a great place to use something odd that would stand out too much otherwise," Graci shares. "I had a client ask me to use a gilded metal, full scale palm tree in a room."Continue to 9 of 26 below.
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If you sit at a desk all day, you'll want to ensure that you have something exciting to look at while taking breaks from your screens. This workspace features a busy wall of prints that add vibrance to this home office while also being educational.Continue to 10 of 26 below.
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Cozy Coffee Table
We often see coffee tables with books stacked atop them just so, but it's ok to be a little more casual with your arrangement. Stacks of books equate to a cozy, lived-in look.Continue to 11 of 26 below.
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Why not add some pizzazz to your bathroom? This one features all sorts of maximalist touches—bold, patterned wallpaper, neon art prints, and even a colorful tub.Continue to 12 of 26 below.
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Here we see another bathroom decorated to the brim. No detail is left unnoticed, from the eclectic arrangement of art to the multiple prints adorning the walls.Continue to 13 of 26 below.
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Gorgeous Guest Bed
Primary bedrooms are often designed to be soothing and minimalist, but the guest bedroom is an excellent spot to experiment a bit with some bold color. This one features vibrant artwork and plenty of textile patterns that pop against the tribal-inspired wallpaper.Continue to 14 of 26 below.
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Make your walk-in closet the star of your home by decorating it to the nines. An already expansive and colorful shoe collection is flanked by velvet furnishings, chic wall art, a bold rug, and much more. "Maximalism is all about embracing 'extra' be it a floral velvet, bullion fringe, or an 19th-century French commode," designer Sarah Stacey notes. "Or all three at once!"Continue to 15 of 26 below.
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Looking for a unique way to display designer scarves? Frame them, and then display several together for a fab alternative to traditional wallpaper or tapestries. Then keep the print mixing going by incorporating luxe velvets, tiger print, and more.Continue to 16 of 26 below.
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The more pillows, the better, right? This sofa boasts an expansive collection of all shapes, colors, and sizes. The eclectic touches continue on the walls, which feature a bold mix of 3-D art, neon signs, and more.Continue to 17 of 26 below.
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Bookworms, this one is for you! Let all of your favorite reads take center stage by filling your shelves to the brim. Whether you group books by color or opt for a random arrangement is up to you. Paired with an expansive gallery wall, this at-home library is a maximalist's dream.Continue to 18 of 26 below.
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Love collecting colorful glassware? Set out your finds in rainbow order for a display that's both functional and aesthetically pleasing.Continue to 19 of 26 below.
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Maximalists know how to make use of every inch of space, even when square footage is limited. Here, an empty wall made for the perfect home for a vertical bookshelf, which displays favorite titles in color order and therefore doubles as a piece of art!Continue to 20 of 26 below.
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No wall space? No problem! Attach an art piece to your bookshelves and let it shine on its own. Bonus points if you choose a painting that's ultra colorful.Continue to 21 of 26 below.
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Darling Dining Room
Gone are the days of formal dining spaces. This one is peppy and welcoming with its brightly colored rug, playful curtains, and rainbow wallpaper. Touches like these are bound to make every meal feel like a celebration.Continue to 22 of 26 below.
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A Little Leopard
Maximalists aren't shy about mixing different furniture styles and finishes all within one space. Here, burlwood nightstands shine alongside a leopard print ottoman, floral wallpaper, and sheepskin stools.Continue to 23 of 26 below.
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You can certainly still achieve a maximalist look while focusing in on one specific color scheme in your home. Here, all sorts of green touches—plants, paint, textiles, and art—are grouped together without looking too simple.Continue to 24 of 26 below.
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Whether you're choosing to forgo a traditional headboard or just want to add some extra intrigue behind the one you have, hanging a tapestry behind your bed is a foolproof way to add a maximalist touch to your sleep space. The bolder the print, the better.Continue to 25 of 26 below.
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Sky High Shelves
If your wall space allows, incorporating floor to ceiling bookcases in your living room and filling them to the brim is an excellent way to showcase a passion for reading while also adding plenty of color into your home. Alternating between horizontal and vertical stacks will make your display more eye-catching, which is always the goal in a maximalist room.Continue to 26 of 26 below.
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Mixing contrasting colors in a space is the ultimate maximalist move. Here, blue and orange make a bold statement and add major cheer to this den.